For 15-year-old Halima Mohammed, the problem began with menstruation. She’d stay home from school because she could not afford sanitary pads. Many of her girlfriends were in the same situation.
“Maybe you fear it will dirty my clothes. We usually fear the boys,” Halima told me as we sat in the 10- by 12-foot shack she and her grandfather share in Kibera. "You see if a boy sees my clothes he will laugh at me or the whole class will laugh at me."
That was the motivating factor for Halima and other girls in the school to form a group to discuss some of these problems and figure out ways to fix them.
A solution they came up with, as part of neighborhood youth saving club, was to make bracelets, beaded jewelry and soaps. They would sell them, make money and purchase sanitary pads.
Result: no more missed days of school for the girls and some profit on the side.
Importantly, it didn't involve a government that raised $2.75 billion in bond sales that mysteriously disappeared. "
Read article by Marco Werman from PRI.